Oct 142011

30 or so delegates gathered at the temporary home of the Edinburgh Centre for Climate Change to participate in the cross-sectoral Green Energy tech event organised by the JISC-funded STEEV and GECO projects. The event proved to be a very useful forum to exchange ideas on all things green energy-related in the urban space. A dozen or so presentations were squeezed into the half-day programme and as such timing was crucial in order to keep the event on track.

The event was comprehensively live blogged by the EDINA Social Media Officer, Nicola Osborne (so many thanks Nicola!) and the slides available from the GECO blog at: http://geco.blogs.edina.ac.uk/jisc-geco-steev-green-energy-tech-event-e3vis/

The opportunity was taken to ask delegates to test and provide feedback on the STEEV demonstrator by the end of October for inclusion in the final developer sprint towards the finished STEEV tool. An email will be going out to delegates by way of a reminder.

Many thanks to Nicola, Addy and James, and to all the participants for such a stimulating and eclectic set of presentations.

 October 14, 2011  Posted by at 5:07 pm General Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Sep 092011

Further to the earlier post, plans are progressing for a Green Energy Tech workshop organsied in conjunction with the GECO project. The half-day event will be held on Thursday 13 October (pm) at the Edinburgh Centre for Climate Change, a new initiative which aims to foster collaborative working between policy, community and business leaders to support and deliver workable solutions for a low carbon future (http://www.climatechangecentre.org.uk/.

Our aim is to bring together a range of participants from the public sector, industry, and academia working in the areas of green energy technologies, renewables, carbon reduction, energy efficiency etc. with a primary focus on tools or utilities that could be used to engage a wide range of stakeholders including policy makers.

We have a number of confirmed speakers however we’d also be interested to hear of any other initiatives of a similar nature that may wish to use such an event as a platform for outreach and discussion.

Please get in contact for further information: stuart.macdonald@ed.ac.uk

 September 9, 2011  Posted by at 11:36 am General Tagged with: , , , , ,  1 Response »
Aug 312011

After much discussion agreement has broken out between project partners regarding the STEEV project sub-contract (or Collaboration Agreement) between the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University. Legalese such as ‘foreground’, ‘ownership and exploitation’, ‘liabilities’ have been unpicked, deliberated over and agreed upon. After initial confusion costs (directly incurred staff costs in addition to directly allocated and indirect costs) payable to the Welsh School of Architecture have also been settled and signatures have been signed!

Plans are afoot to organise a joint GECO (http://geco.blogs.edina.ac.uk/ / STEEV workshop for autumn 2011. The ‘Green Energy Tech’ event, to be held at the University of Edinburgh, aims to invite public sector, industry and academic practitioners in the area of green energy, carbon budgeting, energy efficiency and reduction, urban energy systems, renewable energy, decarbonisation, energy consumption, fuel poverty etc to discuss, share ideas and showcase tools that can appeal to a range of stakeholders. More information to follow.

The STEEV project will also be presenting at the Rantrad Future Cities 2011- International Symposium in London on 15 & 16 December 2011.

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May 172011

GECO is a JISC-funded (and STEEV’s parent!) project which aims to foster a community(ies) of users of geospatial resources (data, services, support) by:
• fostering self-help within identifiable communities of interest that emerge form the recent JISC geospatial funding call;
• increasing the use of geospatial tools, infrastructure (data and services) and information for the wider benefit of the teaching, learning and research communities;
• collating exemplars of use and to establish a trajectory for the future embedding of geospatial resources within research, teaching and learning landscapes;
• identifying and promoting best practice (such as standards, interoperability, machine interfaces) and to provide a means for knowledge transfer from specialist to less spatially literate users and domains;
• assisting with the maturation of the UK academic Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and ensure that location (space/geography) is championed across sectoral domains.
• raising awareness of INSPIRE, ensuring that the sector is cognisant of the obligations and opportunities that this gives rise to.
• promoting good data management principles, including data curation and stewardship ensuring transparency and reuse where practicable.

For further information including details of the JISC-funded geospatial projects under the oversight of GECO at EDINA [geco.blogs.edina.ac.uk] download the GECO publicity leaflet